Summer Public Service Program 2024


Eligible Students and Organizations

The SPSP is available to rising 2L and 3L JD students at Texas Law. An eligible sponsoring organization is a:

Judicial offices, trade associations, unions, and private employers are not eligible. Students with positions in courts may be able to earn academic credit through the Judicial Internship course.

Supervision and Work Expectations 

Fellowships will be provided for full-time law-related work at eligible sponsoring organizations for a minimum of five weeks and a maximum of ten weeks. The work must be supervised by an attorney employed by the sponsoring organization or a professional working closely with an attorney employed by the sponsoring organization. Students may perform their work in person or remotely. 

Students will follow the sponsoring organization’s policies regarding the definition of “full-time work” for office staff, including the observance of holidays. Any absences for minor illnesses will be handled by the student with the sponsoring organization. The SPSP staff will address extraordinary circumstances requiring extended absences from work on an individual basis. 

A student may split a 10-week fellowship between two organizations, but funding is not available for any position of fewer than five weeks.  


The SPSP stipend will be $800/week and will not be pro-rated for partial weeks. If a sponsoring organization or another source within the law school provides funding for an eligible position, the SPSP stipend will be reduced to adhere to the $800/week funding cap from these sources. For example, if a student receives $300/week from a sponsoring organization, the SPSP award will be $500/week. 

There is no cap on a student receiving additional funding from outside sources for (1) the eligible position or (2) unrelated work undertaken during the summer. An “outside source” is a third party that is not the sponsoring organization and is external to the law school and the University. The Texas Law Review and Texas Law Fellowships, independent 501(c)(3) organizations, are both external to the law school and the University and are thus outside sources. Additional information about funding from outside sources, including disclosure and potential sources, is available on this EID-protected page.  

A student may accept payment from a sponsoring organization for additional weeks of work after completing a 10-week fellowship supported by the SPSP. A student may also accept up to $1,000 from a sponsoring organization to cover transportation costs to and from the sponsoring organization’s location. This type of transportation stipend will not reduce a student’s eligibility for SPSP funding. 

A student must disclose all funding awarded for an SPSP-supported position to all funders. 

Extended Fellowships 

A student who receives a full 10-week fellowship and doesn’t receive outside funding for their position is eligible to receive an additional one or two weeks of SPSP funding if (1) the additional weeks of work are otherwise unpaid and (2) the student expects their educational debt for law school to exceed $80,000. The result will be the student working for 11 or 12 weeks with $800/week support from the SPSP. Eligible students must apply for the additional weeks of funding when submitting their SPSP applications. Requests for extended fellowships will not be considered after the application deadline.  

Zero-Credit Course Requirement

Students participating in SPSP must also be enrolled in “EXP 080: Internships and Career Experiences,” a UT Austin zero-credit course, to receive funding. For more information about this requirement, review the “EXP 080 Addendum” document below.

Rapoport Center Summer Fellowships

A separate application is required for summer fellowships administered by the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. Applications are due by Friday, March 8. See the Rapoport Center website for information. 

Application Information for Summer 2024

SPSP applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting December 1, 2023. Apply as soon as you have all the information necessary to submit a complete application.

Students who wish to be considered for a named fellowship must apply by noon, on Friday, March 8, 2024.

There are two subsequent application deadlines. Funding will be released in two rounds – in mid-May and mid-June.

Round 1 – applications due by noon on Monday, April 8. SPSP funding will be disbursed during the week of May 13. Students who applied for named fellowships and whose applications have been approved will be included in this round of funding.

Round 2 – applications due by 11:59 pm on Monday, April 29, 2024. SPSP funding will be disbursed in mid-June.

Round 3 – applications due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, June 2, 2024. SPSP funding will be disbursed in late June.

If you need to make changes to your application after it has been submitted, please notify us by email. Changes to applications that affect funding levels will not be accepted after noon on Monday, May 6, for Round 1 and 2 applications and 11:59 pm on Sunday, June 9, for Round 3 applications. 

The Justice Center will administer the program and the application process through Canvas. Email  starting December 1, 2023 to be added to the 2024 SPSP Canvas site. It may take 2-3 business days to receive the Canvas notification email and site access. All application requirements must be completed on Canvas. Sample forms are provided below. 

Student Requirements

To Apply for a Fellowship

  1. Submit an SPSP Application Form, which includes an optional question for students applying for named fellowships
  2. Submit a resume
  3. Submit a signed Student Agreement
  4. Submit a Sponsoring Organization Verification Form completed by the sponsoring organization (or organizations if more than one)
  5. Submit a signed EXP 080 Addendum
  6. Review training materials in preparation for the position (available as a recording)

EXP 080 Requirements (available on the EXP 080 course Canvas site)

  1. Pre-experience self-evaluation survey
  2. Final site evaluation
  3. Final self-evaluation survey

End of Summer Requirements

  1. Attest to completing the weeks of work funded by SPSP
  2. Evaluate the work experience using the CSO evaluation form
  3. Submit a summer survey detailing all work performed and all funding received

Additional Requirements for Receiving a Named Fellowship

  1. Appear in a photograph on the law school website (see examples here)
  2. Write a thank you note to the donor at the end of the summer